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Bundesliga To Return on 16th May

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Bundesliga: German clubs return to training, adhering strict restrictions to minimise risk of spreading coronavirus

Berlin: Bundesliga clubs were allowed to return to team training on Monday, with some opting to train players in small groups amid strict measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.


Football in the country has been suspended for almost a month and the German Football League (DFL) has said the ban will remain in place for the top divisions at least until 30 April.
Clubs, however, were given the all clear to resume training this week, with champions Bayern Munich deciding to train players in small groups to minimise the risk of infection.

“Obviously all health guidelines are being adhered to,” the club said in a statement.

“Obviously the training is closed to the public. FC Bayern are asking fans to continue following guidelines and please do not come to the team’s training centre.”

Germany has seen the number of infected people rise above 100,000 this weekend and nearly 1,600 have died after testing positive for the virus that has forced the country into lockdown.

Despite the training resumption the DFL made it clear last week it was not known if or when the season would resume, and the stop in play has also had major financial effects on clubs.

Two weeks ago Borussia Dortmund, Bayern, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen came together to create a € 20 million ($21.6 million) solidarity fund to help clubs in the top two tiers.
Dortmund have also provided part of their Signal Iduna Park stadium for the treatment of suspected virus cases.

 

 

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It will be interesting to see if defenders observe the self distancing rules of 2 metres?

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Except Werder. Can't train in small groups as it was not approved by the Senate of Bremen. The club is considering leaving the city and train somewhere else as a result. 

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Seems risky tbh. But it's a good sign regarding the season being planned to end.

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Three people from Köln tested positive. No names published, so it's unclear whether it's staff or players. 

 

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14 hours ago, Tommy said:

Three people from Köln tested positive. No names published, so it's unclear whether it's staff or players. 

 

And this is why it’s premature even bringing people back into training, let alone thinking about playing games. 

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On 01/05/2020 at 21:30, Tommy said:

Three people from Köln tested positive. No names published, so it's unclear whether it's staff or players. 

Two players and a physiotherapist.

Köln's player Birger Verstraete has hit out at what's happening, saying the rest of the players were not even told to self-quarantine despite haveing been treated by the said physiotherapist for weeks and being in contact with the infected players just a few days ago. 

It's ridiculous.

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10 out of 1724 tested positive in 1. and 2. league.

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Well, hopefully this is the wakeup call that absolutely should not have been needed. 

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25 minutes ago, nudge said:

10 out of 1724 tested positive in 1. and 2. league.

Has it been disclosed where the 10 are from? Certain region, or clubs within that region?

I saw FC Koln said earlier they'd done a 2nd round of testing and they were all negative.

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2 minutes ago, Stan said:

Has it been disclosed where the 10 are from? Certain region, or clubs within that region?

I saw FC Koln said earlier they'd done a 2nd round of testing and they were all negative.

No, the DFL didn't disclose any specific details. 

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2 minutes ago, nudge said:

No, the DFL didn't disclose any specific details. 

Why? Can you go back to them and ask?

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Did you see Salomon Kalou's facebook live video? Total chaos at Hertha, nobody respecting the distance rules, the doctor taking tests of other players while Kalou stands close by, until the Doctor panicky asks him to "delete the video". 

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32 minutes ago, Stan said:

Why? Can you go back to them and ask?

Has to do with the comparatively strict German rules of privacy. Some things that are usual to inhabitants of Anglo-Saxon countries (like publishing the name of a condemned in a newspaper) are not legal under German law.

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4 minutes ago, Rucksackfranzose said:

Has to do with the comparatively strict German rules of privacy. Some things that are usual to inhabitants of Anglo-Saxon countries (like publishing the name of a condemned in a newspaper) are not legal under German law.

I know :P I was messing about. @nudge needs to be a better spy/detective.

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1 hour ago, Tommy said:

Did you see Salomon Kalou's facebook live video? Total chaos at Hertha, nobody respecting the distance rules, the doctor taking tests of other players while Kalou stands close by, until the Doctor panicky asks him to "delete the video". 

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Could barely finish watching that video due to Kalou being an extremely annoying  dumb cunt. Ibisevic moaning about a pay cut was even worse though. 

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23 hours ago, nudge said:

10 out of 1724 tested positive in 1. and 2. league.

2 of those at Borussia Mönchengladbach. A player and a physio apparently. 

 

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Predictable... 

 

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4 hours ago, Stan said:

Predictable... 

 

The decision has been reverted. The 1. and 2. Bundesliga will restart mid-May (15th/16th).

Edit: the actual date will be decided by the DFL, but it's been greenlighted by the politicians. 

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2 hours ago, nudge said:

The decision has been reverted. The 1. and 2. Bundesliga will restart mid-May (15th/16th).

Edit: the actual date will be decided by the DFL, but it's been greenlighted by the politicians. 

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What do you think about this?? good decision or still a little bit too soon?? 

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20 minutes ago, Bluewolf said:

What do you think about this?? good decision or still a little bit too soon?? 

Mixed feelings, but leaning towards it being a good decision. With regular testing every few days and everyone involved still social distancing/limiting their contacts outside of football, the chance of a potential undetected spread should be pretty low, so it seems like an acceptable calculated risk for me. Now it's obvious that the driving force here is money, so one can of course question the motives behind the decision, but let's be honest, life has to return to normality as soon as possible and numerous lockdown measures are being lifted gradually everywhere. There's always a risk but you can't keep everything closed for the rest of the year, so if the current situation allows it, then why not?

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12 hours ago, nudge said:

Mixed feelings, but leaning towards it being a good decision. With regular testing every few days and everyone involved still social distancing/limiting their contacts outside of football, the chance of a potential undetected spread should be pretty low, so it seems like an acceptable calculated risk for me. Now it's obvious that the driving force here is money, so one can of course question the motives behind the decision, but let's be honest, life has to return to normality as soon as possible and numerous lockdown measures are being lifted gradually everywhere. There's always a risk but you can't keep everything closed for the rest of the year, so if the current situation allows it, then why not?

Agree that things need to be returning to normal as soon as possible but not if the motivation is money over health... 

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So politicians suggested that Bundesliga should resume in the 2nd half of May, so now they moved the restart date from 15th to 16th. :S

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Just now, Tommy said:

So politicians suggested that Bundesliga should resume in the 2nd half of May, so now they moved the restart date from 15th to 16th. :S

Not sure if that's German efficiency at its finest or being petty whilst sticking 2 fingers up at politicians at the same time xD 

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I support the decision, for the reason Nudge has already said. Can’t wait to watch the games....EVERY GAME....on telly next week. 

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7 hours ago, Bluewolf said:

Agree that things need to be returning to normal as soon as possible but not if the motivation is money over health... 

True, and that's the part that gives me mixed feelings about it. But I think that it was always going to be about finding the middle ground between protecting the health of the society (keep the spread under control) AND protecting the economy and the livelihoods of people. Other non-essential businesses are gradually opening too for the same reason, including hospitality sector - even indoor restaurants, pubs, hotels, camping places, water parks, etc. Training in groups for other sports and individual activities indoors will be soon allowed too. Schools are gradually reopening, kindergartens will likely follow soon. All shops are reopening, regardless of what they are selling. People are now being allowed to meet other people that don't belong in the same household, even limited hospital and care home visits will be allowed again soon. Many of those likely have the potential to carry a much higher risk than the two Bundesligas restarting under limited conditions, in my opinion, so I just see it as a step in the same direction... Whether it will work out, is a different question though. 

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Sky will broadcast BVB v Schalke derby and 1. Bundesliga Konferenz on the 17th and 2. Bundesliga Konferenz on the 18th for free on Sky Sport News HD.

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